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Gabaldon, Diana (Book - 1992 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another... In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Authors: Gabaldon, Diana
Title: Outlander
Publisher: New York :, Dell,, 1992, c1991.
Characteristics: 850 p. ;,18 cm.
Local Note: 6 7 8 17 80 97 110 133 150 152 210 231 274
ISBN: 0440212561
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Report This Mar 19, 2014
  • katortiz3 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great, great read! Pretty amazing to think of all the research that went into this one book alone. Love Jamie!

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  • Lady_Sunshine rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book :)

Report This Dec 24, 2013
  • InvernessS rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

What a laugh. Fantasy in capitals. I read this before travelling Scotland years ago. It's what I call garbage writing by the bored. Sex, sex, such silly bodice rippers. If a reader thought that this is the country & it's people, god help us. Culloden is a battle, burial, & memorial sight worthy of Gettysburg for many visitors. Oh yes! men in the Highlands wear kilts.

Report This Dec 13, 2013
  • JCLJulieT rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my perennial favorites. I've read it a couple times already and will read it again in another few years. Um, my only hang-up in enthusiastic recommendation is that the ending gets quite weird.

Report This Dec 12, 2013
  • Gail123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read this book years ago and loved it.

Report This Dec 06, 2013
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you think you are not a reader of genre, I challenge you to pick up this book. It has romance, military history, political history, fantasy, herbal medicine tips, Scotsmen in kilts... almost anything a reader could want, wrapped up in a fascinating and engrossing storyline powerful enough to carry through seven more equally thick books.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "This book follows the story of Claire Randall, she and her husband Frank have been reunited after being separated during the war. While they are taking a much deserved Scottish holiday, they decide to visit a standing stone circle. Claire is then transported back in time to the 1700's and the time of the Jacobite rebellion. There she meets a young man named Jamie Fraser. And thus begins one of my favorite book series ever. Claire finds herself desperately trying to ind a way back to the 20th century, and Frank, but she is forced to wed Jamie Fraser. I would recommend this first book to anyone. In fact, the series is worth investigating."

I've made it through the entire series including the Lord John series. I have to dismiss certain aspects of the story in order to keep going. First of course is to overlook the time travel bit. Next I skip over all the gratuitous sex and violence, especially the torture scenes. So what's left? It has an authentic feel to the living of every day life in the 18th century. Its fun to see how much attitudes and technology, especially medical advancements have changed in 200 years. I don't even like the main character, Claire, or her daughter, Brianna, but I have still found it worthwhile to read this series.

I was encouraged to read this book by a friend (overseas). I'm trying to come up with a way to give her my impression it that won't undo our friendship. She's completely enamoured of this work; I've been bored by the story and any chance of enjoyment of historic context has been undone by her heavy-handed writing (as though she went to the thesaurus to find every $25 version of a decent $5 word. The historic content is shallow, the characters are shallow, and I'm half-way through. There's no one to like, not even her (maybe Jamie because he's clearly an underdog, apparently handsome, and who doesn't like them?). I agree with the other reviewers who've complained of the sex scenes. I'm no prude but using them and extra violence as drivers of the story doesn't make for good writing.

Report This Jan 06, 2013
  • enderwigginout rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I stopped halfway through because of the frequency of attempted rapes upon the female character. It's as if the writer just added one in whenever she felt stuck. The scene where her husband spanks/beats her while inebriated clenched it for me. I'm not going to spend the rest of the book rooting for the marriage to work out after that. Not going to happen. I don't have much good to say about the book (especially the excruciatingly boring first 100 pages or so) and I've been told that the others in this series are worse. You have been warned.

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  • RLoewens rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Report This May 11, 2011
  • mickaylasnana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

English nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall and husband Frank take a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands in 1945. When Claire walks through a cleft stone in an ancient henge, she's somehow transported to 1743. She encounters Frank's evil ancestor, British captain Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, and is adopted by another clan. Claire nurses young soldier James Fraser, a gallant, merry redhead, and the two begin a romance, seeing each other through many perilous, swashbuckling adventures involving Black Jack. Scenes of the Highlanders' daily life blend poignant emotions with Scottish wit and humor. Eventually Sassenach (outlander) Claire finds a chance to return to 1945, and must choose between distant memories of Frank and her happy, uncomplicated existence with Jamie.

In Scotland with her husband on a second honeymoon after World War II, Claire enters a circle of stones and is transported back to the Battle of Culloden 200 years earlier, where she must marry a Scot to save her husband


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Some hae meat that canna eat, An some culd eat that want it, We hae meat an we can eat, An so may God be thank it.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was having trouble with the scale of things. A man killed with a musket was just as dead as one killed with a mortar. It was just that the mortar killed impersonally, destroying dozens of men, while the musket was fired by one man who could see the eyes of the one he killed. That made it murder, it seemed to me, not war. How many men to make a war?


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